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Kyrie Irving Trade To Celtics For Isaiah Thomas, ESPN’s Robert Lee Relocated

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It was no surprise the Cavaliers point guard, Kyrie Irving, wanted out of Cleveland, but the trade with the Boston Celtics appeared lopsided to many sports fans. The Celtics gave up Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets 2018 first round pick for Kyrie. LeBron James took to social media to express his appreciation of his time with Irving and said, “That’s the only way to be to the kid! Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together Young Gode”.  LeBron and Irving will face each other early on when the Celtics head to Cleveland on October 17th for the first game of the NBA regular season.

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With the recent violence in Charlottesville, VA, ESPN was concerned for their broadcaster Robert Lee, who shares a similar name to the Confederate General Robert E. Lee, whose statue was removed this month. ESPN apparently consulted with their broadcaster and asked if he’d prefer to be relocated from covering the Virginia-William and Mary game, and Lee agreed. ESPN explained the decision by saying, “We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name. In that moment it felt right to all parties. It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play by play for a football game has become an issue.”

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Falcons Chick-fil-A Closed On Sundays, 49ers Lynch Refusing To Stand Divisive,

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The Atlanta Falcons are getting heat for their new billion-dollar stadium and the Chick-fil-A restaurant. As any football fan knows, most games are played on Sunday (other than an occasional Thursday night or Monday night game), and Chick-fil-A is not open on Sundays. According to the restaurant’s website, the founder, Truett Cathy, decided to close the restaurant in 1946, so employees could have a day of rest. Fans have been grilling the team on social media with comments like, “If you ever think you make bad decisions, just remember they’re putting a Chick-Fil-A in the new Falcons stadium”

SF 49ers general manager, John Lynch, weighed in about players sitting for the National Anthem (Raiders Marshawn Lynch and Seahawks Michael Bennett this week sat). Lynch said he personally thinks refusing to stand is “divisive“, but also said, he understands  and “guys see things and they’re not happy. They have that right. And I think we’ll always respect people’s rights. That doesn’t mean I believe that. I believe this game should be celebrated for what it is — I think, a tremendous unifier for our country, and for the way things should be.”

 

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Elliott Suspended 6 Games, Katie Sowers Hired By 49ers, LaVar Ball Loses Shootout W/Ice Cube

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The NFL suspended Dallas Cowboys’ star running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games without pay for domestic violence abuses. The NFL came under intense scrutiny a few years ago for not imposing stricter punishments for violating personal conduct policies, especially in the case of Ray Rice.  The NFL now has new, stricter guidelines and a six game suspension is the minimum requirement. Elliott is the highest profile player to receive this punishment. According to the NFL, his case uncovered “multiple instances of physical violence” against his former girlfriend. The NFL Players Association plans to review the decision and Elliott said he’ll appeal.

Katie Sowers is expected to be hired by the SF 49ers, making her the second female assistant coach in NFL history. Sowers completed an internship this summer in the Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship then posted on Facebook she accepted a full time position under Niners coach Kyle Shanahan.

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The controversial LaVar Ball was all bluster and no substance when he lost a shooting contest against rapper/actor Ice Cube during Ice Cube’s BIG3 event.  This probably wouldn’t be much of a story if it wasn’t for the fact LaVar claimed he could beat the great Michael Jordan in his heyday (with one hand tied behind his back).  It sounded as if the entire arena was happy Ball lost.

 

 

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Patriots Purchase Two Planes, UCLA QB Says Football And Academics Don’t Mesh, Braves’ Shortstop Freak Accident

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The New England Patriots purchased 767 planes exclusively for use by the team. They are the first NFL team to buy a plane (actually 2 planes). Acording to reports, the rationale for the big expense is that charter travel is getting expensive, and with the new comfortable planes, the team might have an advantage on the competition if they’re well rested.

In college football, UCLA quaraterback Josh Rosen has been making waves when he told Bleacher Report that football and academics “don’t go together” and that “human beings don’t belong in school with our schedules”. He went on to say, “There are guys who have no business being in school, but they’re here because this is the path to the NFL.  There’s no other way. Then there’s the other side that says raise the SAT eligibility requirements. OK, raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have. You lose athletes, and then the product on the field suffers.” Rosen is looking for more balanced academic and athletic experience.

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Johan Camargo, shortstop for the Atlanta Braves, was jogging out to the field ready to start the game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday when he tripped over himself and fell to the ground. He appeared to injure his knee. There’s no word yet on how serious this freak accident was and how long he’ll be out.

 

 

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Rudy Reminisces About Parseghian, Tom Brady Turns 40, Sherman Rants About Kaep

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Anyone associated with Notre Dame football (0r who saw the classic movie Rudy) knows about former coach Ara Parseghian. Parseghian passed away on Wednesday at the age of 94. The real Rudy Ruettiger (whose story was the basis for movie) reminisced to USA Today about the legendary coach and said, “He recognized something in people, especially their character and heart.”

New England quarterback Tom Brady turned 40 today. He’s the 20th quarterback to play in the NFL after his 40th bday. Brady has three children under 10 with wife Gisele Bundchen. For his birthday, Rob Gronkowsky (Patriots tight end) said his present to Brady is touchdowns next season.

Seattle Seahawk’s cornerback, Richard Sherman went off when asked about the reasons Colin Kaepernick hasn’t been recruited by any NFL team. Sherman said, “What is it about? It’s not about football or color. It’s about, ‘Boy, stay in your place.’ “He played in Chip (Kelly)’s system last year and went 16-4 (TD-to-INT ratio) on a bad team. He played well because he’s a good football player. He may not be the best, but he’s better than a lot of these dudes starting.”

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Paris And LA Awarded Olympics, Non-Waiver MLB Deadline, Infamous Bartman Receives Ring, CTE Study

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The International Olympic Committee made the decision to award the 2024 and 2028 Olympics simultaneously with Paris getting 2024 and LA 2028.  The decision will become final in September. LA hosted in 1934 and 1984 while Paris last hosted in 1924.

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The baseball non-waiver trade deadline passed Monday with resounding applause for the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees. The Dodgers traded to get Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers, while the Yankees picked up Sonny Gray from the Oakland Athletics. For more trade winners and losers, click here.

In a classy move, the Cubs organization will present the infamous Steve Bartman with a 2016 World Series ring. Bartman became one of the most hated fans in history when he interfered with a foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series. Bartman became a symbol of the curse of the Cubs and suffered from ridicule and harassment for years. Cubs owner Steve Ricketts announced Bartman was now welcome back in the Cubs family and said he was “honored” to present him with the ring. Bartman reacted by saying,  “Words alone cannot express my heartfelt thanks to the Ricketts family, Crane Kenney, Theo Epstein, and the entire Cubs organization for this extraordinary gift, and for providing the City of Chicago and Cubs fans everywhere an unforgettable World Championship in 2016. I am happy to be reunited with the Cubs family and positively moving forward with my life.” The reaction from social media has been very positive with fans stating how classy Bartman and his family has been over the last decade in dealing with the critics.

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Much has been written the last few days about the study performed on the donated brains of former football players. The study found 110 of 111 of the donated brains demonstrated signs of degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The League is concerned about the study and many are talking about how this affects current players attitudes. On Monday, New York Jets rookie Jamal Adams responded to questions about the study by saying, “Literally, if I had the perfect place to die, I’d die on the field.” His comments didn’t sit well with a number of people including the former wife of the late Justin Strzelczyk who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and suffered from CTE. She responded by saying, “I don’t even know what to say. This guy [Adams] doesn’t know what’s coming down the pipeline. He has no idea what dealing with someone who has CTE is like.”

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OJ Simpson Granted Parole, Huge Freeze Resignation After Escort Call

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After serving for almost 9 years in prison for stolen sports memorabilia, OJ Simpson was granted parole and could be out of prison as early as October. Due to the continuing fascination with OJ, the parole hearing was broadcast live. Back in 1968, OJ won the Heisman trophy and then went on to become one of the most accomplished and recognizable running backs in the NFL. He had a Hollywood following and seemingly blessed career until his arrest in 1994 for allegedly killing his ex-wife and her friend. In a live court battle which mesmerized the entire nation, OJ was found not guilty. OJ is now 70 years old.

The big news out of the college football world is Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze’s resignation. Freeze was initially caught calling an escort service (although he claims it was a wrong number), which led to an investigation into other transgressions. Why were people looking into Freeze’s phone records? Over the last few years, Freeze had been accused by the NCAA for paying players. When Freeze threw the blame on former coach Houston Nutt, Nutt fought back and asked investigators to look into Freeze’s phone records (where they uncovered the call to the escort service and led to more investigations).  According to reports from the school, the investigation led to “a pattern of personal conduct inconsistent with the standard of expectations for the leader of our football team.”

 

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Gordon Hayward Going To Celtics, Casspi Deal With Warriors, Joey Chestnut Wins Again, Kaepernick In Ghana

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The big holiday weekend free agency move goes to the Boston Celtics who stepped up to sign Gordon Hayward from the Utah Jazz. Instead of lobbying for more money for himself, the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas (who’s salary dropped to $6.3 mill this season) reportedly urged his team to use the extra cash to bring in a superstar who could help them win a championship. Hayward is the first star player from a Western conference team to move to the Eastern conference. Jazz fans are not happy with the move and have created the buzzword #Betrayward on social media showing the fans burning Hayward jerseys.

In other free agency moves, free-agent Omri Casspi signed a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors for $2.1 million.

HOT DOG EATING

Joey Chestnut won his 10th July 4th hot dog eating contest at Coney Island. He set a record by consuming 72 dogs in 10 minutes which is an estimated 20, 160 calories and 1, 296 grams of fat.

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San Francisco General Manager John Lynch is urging his former quarterback Colin Kaepernick to repair his image and convince teams he’s ready to play football. Lynch said, ‘I think you are having a little bit of an image crisis in terms of, not so much what you did last year, but people are wondering: Is this most important to you?’ At a position where the guys who succeed at the position are the guys who live it, breathe it, the CEOs at that position. And I think there is a perception that football is not at the top of the list.” Kaepernick is currently unsigned but doesn’t seem panicked as he’s in Ghana visiting his roots where he tweeted, “How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs? To find my independence I went home.”

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Free Agency Rumors, Venus Williams Car Crash, Favre A Coach Or GM

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Free agency begins July 1st and there is speculation on where certain players will go. Among the players in the spotlight:

Gordon Hayward; currently with the Utah Jazz but may explore a move to Boston, Miami.

Blake Griffin: currently with the Los Angeles Clippers but could look at Boston, Miami or Phoenix. According to the Clipper’s Executive VP, “We look at (Griffin) as Clipper royalty,” but you never know what will happen.

Kyle Lowry: widely believed to be staying in Toronto.

Andre Iguodala: the Golden State Warriors want to keep him, but he’ll be courted by many teams.

TENNIS

Venus Williams was involved in a fatal car accident on June 9th, and according to the police report was found guilty. She was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol and was reportedly only driving at 5mph through an intersection where traffic slowed down and she hit the victim’s car. The victim’s husband suffered head trauma and died 14 days later. The crash is still under investigation.

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During an interview on ESPN, Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre mentioned he might like to get back into the game by becoming a coach or general manager. Favre said he won’t make any commitments until his daughter graduates college.

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NCAA Suspends Pitino, 18 Pro Football Hall Of Famers Arrive In Israel

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The NCAA suspended Louisville basketball legend Rick Pitino for five games for failing to monitor an escort scandal involving recruited athletes. The school may have to forfeit their 2013 championship as well as their winning record during the time the “sex-for recruits scandal” took place. The story came out in 2015 when Katina Powell wrote a book about Louisville’s basketball program claiming she was paid to provide women (including her daughters) to entertain the recruits.

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Interest in American football is growing rapidly in Israel, and the arrival this week of a group of Hall Famers certainly made a splash. New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft and the President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, David Baker are leading the delegation which includes Joe Montana, Roger Staubach, Jim Brown, Marshall Faulk, Jerome Bettis, Chris Carter, Joe Green, Bruce Smith and Jerome Bettis. 18 Hall of Famers embarked on the weeklong trip to the Holy Land called “Touchdown in Israel II-We are All Patriots”.  Kraft told the Associated Press, “I love football. I love Israel. I love America. I think kids in America would die to have this group of players come and view them. The game of football teaches you lessons in life that nothing else does.”

(photo credit:ALLON SINAI)

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